Heat leads to student illness

Heat leads to student illness

SPRINGFIELD -- It was hard to miss Monday's sweltering heat. For more than a dozen students, it proved to be too much.
SPRINGFIELD -- It was hard to miss Monday's sweltering heat. For more than a dozen students, it proved to be too much. Sixteen students were taken to nearby hospitals because of heat exposure.

Several area Catholic schools gathered outdoors at Sacred-Heart Griffin Stadium for mass. Around 11 am, temperatures were in the mid-80's and the heat index was 90 degrees. One student says he saw some students collapse.

"Many of the NHS and student ambassadors went down into the concession stand to get water and ice packs, and a lot of kids were carried back to school. Also, some students were carried to the ambulances where they were just completely passed out," said Daniel Kalvaitis.

Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says the call came in just before 11 am. The students were nauseated and dehydrated but none of the symptoms were life-threatening. According to the school, parents of those children who became ill were notified, but the school day resumed as usual for the rest.
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